|Arms & Sleepers
Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive
by Nicholas Hubbard
The scene: a snowy day at the start of December.
Me: groggy, just waking up from a severe episode of vivid dreams and scribbling things in my bedside notebook.
This album: one long score to a surreal noir, a surreal noir about a slow dawn in a cybernetic urban landscape of the future.
In the history of fantastic albums with off-putting titles full of pretense, we have reached another milestone. Go ahead, let yourself drift off listening to Bliss it was in that dawn to be alive. Donít mind the title, itís actually appropriate, though ďblissĒ here seems to have a vast definition: quiet, dark, rich, somber, and vaporous.
Electronic music like this tends to be judged on atmosphere; if you like where it takes you, itís successful (think Massive Attack, Nightmares on Wax). And though the setting of Blade Runner isnít a happy one, we all want to go there late, late at night when the partyís over and most of the world has gone to sleep.
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